SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Sunday announced 1,541 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including one additional confirmed death. A single-day record 38 cases were reported by the Jackson County Health Department, leading to a public health alert issued for the county to raise awareness in young adults and encourage behavior change.
Of Jackson County cases reported in July, 70 percent have been individuals in their late teens or early 20s. Parents, employers, peers, clergy, medical professionals, etc. have been asked to help communicate to them the dire need to follow practices which limit the spread of COVID-19.
Local case breakdown:
- Jackson County: 38
- Williamson County: 12
- Franklin County: nine
- White County: seven (five are at home in isolation and two case statuses are in progress)
- Saline and Gallatin counties: four each
- All cases (unless noted above) are in isolation.
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 171,424 cases, including 7,398 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 40,844 specimens for a total of 2,511,567. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 19-25 is 3.7 percent.